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April 2016

DeLaSalle Digest

DeLaSalle wishes you a Happy Easter!

On Holy Thursday, students, faculty and staff reflected on the Stations of the Cross, the Paschal Mystery, and how we can be Christ to each other during a Lenten liturgy. We hope that you enjoyed your Easter, celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  May we always remember the joy of the Risen Lord, the power of the Resurrection, and the gift of Eternal Life as we walk each day throughout the year.


Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda appointed as Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis


DeLaSalle joins with the Twin Cities Archdiocesan community of 825,000 Catholics, our fellow Archdiocesan schools, parishes, the many Catholic ministries serving those in need, religious, and those in our community of Christian and other faiths in prayerful support for the new Archbishop. Read More…


Islanders Win #5Peat

The Islander boys’ basketball team made history on Saturday, March 12th, winning their 5th consecutive state title against the Fergus Falls Otters 79-65 – the only team in Minnesota history to ever win five in a row! This was head coach, Dave Thorson’s, 500th win in his coaching career! The De community gave so much support during the tournaments! Way to represent decades and decades of Islander Spirit and give the team the extra boost they needed to bring home a victory! #GoIslanders #IslanderNation #MADEHistory


Academic Excellence for the Class of 2016: Distinguished & Merit Scholars


Congratulations to Anne Dubner ’16 who earned a National Merit special scholarship from the 3M Company. Winners are chosen on the basis of their academic accomplishments, sponsor’s criteria and high scoring rank on the 2014 PSAT.

Additionally, DeLaSalle congratulates 37 members of the Class of 2016 who have achieved the honor of being named a “Distinguished Scholar.” Distinguished Scholars hold a cumulative grade point average of a 4.0 or higher through the first semester of their senior year. Read More…


 The Onyx Step Team Competes!

The DeLaSalle Onyx Step Team will be competing again for the first time in four years! The Soul Steppin’ Scholars Stomp Down Competition will be held on Saturday, April 23rd, 3:00pm at South High School in Minneapolis. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.00. This year’s high energy routine will be sure to entertain and take you back to your childhood. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Unable to make the competition? No worries! Check out the Onyx Step Team when they perform their routine at DeLaSalle High School – Thursday, April 14th at 7:00pm! There is no cost to attend.



 Save the Date: April 30th, 2016


The Founder’s Day 5K is a DeLaSalle community wide event that brings all members within and outside of the DeLaSalle community together for fellowship in a fun and healthy way to connect and celebrate the good work DeLaSalle does in continuing the legacy of our founder St. John Baptist de la Salle. All proceeds from this event support our important mission to serve students from Minneapolis and surrounding communities who seek a high-quality, values-based, academic preparation for life.

Stay Tuned for more information regarding ways to get involved, registration, and other activities that will be exciting for Islanders of all ages!


SJW Challenge Exceeded: Towel Drive Results

During Social Justice Week, the founder of Bridging, Fran Heitzman, helped us initiate a towel drive until the end of March. Bridging is a Twin Cities non-profit that helps those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Students, staff, and community members pitched in, exceeded the expectation, and donated 1,588 towels to help those in need. #IslandersServe #LasallianTradition


DeLaSalle Service and Immersion Trips

Islander students serve all over the world. DeLaSalle offers many opportunities for students to experience the realities of others in different parts of the world including India and Kenya as well as places a little closer to home – Tennessee, Colorado, and Louisiana. Read More about our upcoming Service and Immersion Trips.

Alumni Digest

Alumni & Friends Connect with DeLaSalle in Tucson, Arizona and Bonita Springs, Florida

The Development Team hit the road in March and had the chance to visit with almost 80 alumni and friends in Arizona and Florida. These complimentary luncheon events provide an opportunity for those who cannot get to Nicollet Island very often to hear all of the exciting things that are happening at DeLaSalle, network with each other, and share the Islander spirit. This year, Jessica Luckett ’08 – in Arizona – and Vernon “Chico” Rowland ’96 – in Florida – received the opportunity to give their insights on what DeLaSalle has meant to them and how they feel it prepared them for their futures.

Alumni Corner

Islander Alumni in the News!

Nora McInerny Purmort ’01

Nora shares her story of faith and inspiration with the Minneapolis, St. Paul Magzine. #StillKickin’ Read More…

Annette Betting-Fuentes ’12

Kare 11 shares how University of Minnesota students innovate in Cuba. Annette was featured in this short video. Click Here to view…


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 Upcoming Events


DeLaSalle ONYX Step Team Show

Thursday, April 14

DeLaSalle High School – Florance Center



An Evening of Noel Coward

Theatre Spring Show

April 15-16 , April 22 – 23

DeLaSalle High School – Florance Center



DeLaSalle ONYX Step Team Performs

Soul Steppin’ Scholars Stomp Down Competition

Saturday, April 23

South High School – Minneapolis



Founder’s Day

Wednesday, April 27

DeLaSalle High School – Main Gymnasium

Time TBD


Founder’s Day 5K

Saturday, April 30

DeLaSalle High School – Nicollet Island



Spring Music Concert

Wednesday, May 4

DeLaSalle High School – Florance Center



Starry Night Prom

Saturday, May 7

DeLaSalle High School – Main Gymnasium



Baccalaureate Mass

Wednesday, May 18

DeLaSalle High School – Main Gymnasium




Thursday, May 19

Basilica of Saint Mary – Minneapolis


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Islander Athletics Calendar


Camp Islander Registration


During June and July, DeLaSalle’s Camp Islander offers nine different summer camps in drama and athletics for elementary, middle and high school students. Each Camp offers outstanding coaching and directing, with emphasis on fundamental skill development for participants. Students may sign up for a single camp or multiple camps!


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Let us remember those Alumni & Friends who have been called home during the month of March:


Michael Berry

Class of 1964

Jerome Binko

Class of 1951

John Bloedow

Class of 1955

Leon Bourgeois

Class of 1945

Terrance Caye


Gerald DeGidio

Class of 1962

Margaret Delmore


Lawrence Hegdahl

Class of 1952

Joan Kasbohm


Audrey Moorman

Friend, Former Staff

Guy Nelson

Class of 1955

Nathaniel Norris, Sr.


Thomas Ritter

Class of 1941

Glorea Skodje


Marlynn Weeks   


Howard Weller



Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

St. John Baptist de La Salle; Pray for us!

Live Jesus in Our Hearts; Forever! 

Alumni Weekend 2016

Bring your friends and classmates together and get ready to “Celebrate the Good Times on Nicollet Island!” Committees from each class are in the planning stages and Save the Dates and invitations will be sent out to those classes having reunions this year. Remember, even if you are not having a reunion, we would still love to see you at the Hall of Fame Ceremony, Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, School Tours, and Alumni Mass.


Thursday, August 11

DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Please join us as we honor those who have made a significant impact on DeLaSalle, in Islander athletics, and throughout the broader community. All alumni and friends are welcome!


Friday, August 12

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

Your spirit of competition will support student scholarships! Don’t golf? No problem! Join us for dinner after the tournament, sponsor a hole, or buy an advertisement for your company, which will be featured in this year’s golf program. All alumni and friends are welcome!


Saturday, August 13

Reunion Saturday

Haven’t been to De in a while? Come for our School Tours, an Alumni Mass, and your Class Reunion!




Reunion Updates


Congratulations to all classes between 1956 and 2011 ending in a “1” or “6” as they celebrate their reunions this year! Returning to DeLaSalle for your Class Reunion gives you the opportunity to renew past friendships while becoming reacquainted with the DeLaSalle campus.


If you are interested in joining a reunion planning committee, or if you would like more information, contact Jessica Luckett, Alumni Relations & Special Events Coordinator, at 612.676.7687 or


We can’t wait to see you back on Nicollet Island! Want to know updates on your reunion?

Click HERE


Thursday, August 14

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

To honor those who have made and impact of DeLaSalle, in De athletics, and in their community.

Friday, August 15

Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament

You spirit of competition will support student scholarships! Don’t golf? Then, you can join us for dinner after the tournament, sponsor a hole, or buy an advertisement for your company. It will be featured in this year’s golf program.

Saturday, August 16

This is a busy Saturday. Alumni Soccer Games commence in the morning and many of the reunions are held this day. Later, in the evening, there are School Tours and an Alumni Mass.